The Forever Spy by Jeffrey Layton

The Forever Spy by Jeffrey LaytonThe Forever Spy (Yuri Kirov #2) by Jeffrey Layton
Published by Pinnacle Books on April 25th 2017
Genres: Thriller
Pages: 320
Format: Ebook
Source: NetGalley
Goodreads
two-stars

A shocking disaster threatens to trigger a new Cold War . . . Deep beneath the ice-covered Arctic Ocean, a massive oil spill threatens destruction on an untold scale. Yuri Kirov, a former operative for the Russian Navy and an expert in state-of-the-art underwater vessels, is pressed into duty--America's only hope at limiting the damage. When Yuri's past is exposed by a turncoat spy, he is blackmailed into taking on a risky subsea espionage mission. With the future of his newly adopted country at risk--and his loved ones in the line of fire--Yuri must lead his crew into the iciest depths before tensions boil over--while an unseen enemy pushes both superpowers one step closer to the brink . . .

This book had me unequal parts interested and confused throughout, and while I like a good spy thriller, I like it to at least make sense in the end. The Forever Spy reminded me of one of those Celtic knots where the patterns go around and around and interweave with each other, and you’re never quite sure where one starts and ends. There are so many disparate and discordant characters and nation state players in the mix of this book that meant I struggled to follow who was who, what the ultimate stakes were, and I didn’t care for any of it.

I will admit that I had not read the first book in this series, and had not heard of this author before. But I decided to give it a go anyway – there is always room for new players and new ideas in fiction. It is sad for me to say that there was just too much going on here – a secret submarine plot, something-with-Russians, something-with-Chinese, and all of these moving parts just didn’t make sense as an overall picture.

As a consequence of this convolution, I found it very hard to read, and it took me over a week to finish. At the pace I usually read at, and for a book that is supposed to be a genre thriller, something just felt a little off. I really can’t recommend this book over much more polished works in this genre. It was thoroughly unsatisfying from start to finish.

I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

two-stars
Rating Report
Plot
one-star
Characters
two-stars
Writing
one-half-stars
Pacing
two-stars
Cover
two-stars
Overall: one-half-stars

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